General Policies

General Policies

Aboriginal Education Policy

Integrating Aboriginal perspectives into our school community is an initiate we started in 2018 by analyzing Aboriginal Perspectives of Learning.  We discovered Aboriginal values are very similar to Biblical values and therefore our school can easily implement appreciation and caring related to the First Peoples of Canada.  We strive to implement the following perspectives in our practice daily:

  • Learning ultimately supports the well-being of ourselves and others. We should learn to be “caring” and good stewards.
  • Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational with a focus on connectedness and a sense of place
  • Learning involves recognizing the consequence of one’s actions
  • Learning involves generational roles and responsibilities and the role of history
  • Learning involves patience and time
  • Learning requires exploration of one’s identity
  • Learning recognizes that some knowledge is sacred and only shared with permission and/or in certain situations

CHeS Administration & Teachers will work on becoming more informed and aware of Aboriginal resources that mutually support our Biblical values.  Our desire is to be a blessing to the Aboriginal community and all those who seek a place of safety and belonging.

 

CHeS Cash Payment Limit:  We will not collect cash deposits from families in excess of $1000.  

 

CHeS Student Discipline Policy

CHeS acknowledges that parents or guardians are the primary disciplinarians for their children learning at home. However, when students meet with a teacher or other students online, they must respect these guidelines.

  • All speech will be respectful and uplifting
  • Chatting must be limited to a focus on course material
  • No private chatting during sessions
  • All presentations must be approved by the teacher and appropriate for group presentation
  • Students will not exchange contact information unless their parents/guardians approve
  • Students who violate these boundaries will not be allowed to attend future sessions

 

Family Values Respected - While CHeS teachers strive to interpret all standards according to Biblical principles, standards in the PHE learning area may be sensitive topics that families want to keep private and deliver in their own way. Alternate delivery (AD) & personal discretion is encouraged for all such topics. Parents have the legal right to guide their children morally & Biblically and CHeS will respect every family's personal choices and boundaries.

 

Provincial DL Standards - The DL program at Christian Homelearners eStreams operates within the Standards for Delivery of K-12 Independent School Distributed Learning in British Columbia.

CHeS supports and following "STANDARDS FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES"

  • Management of Learning
  • Fostering Social Learning
  • Stimulating Cognitive Processes
  • Planning for Learning
  • Supporting Instruction and Learning
  • Communicating About Learning

 

Standardized Performance for DL Students - It is a policy of Christian Homelearners e-Streams to have a standardized level of acceptable student performance for each course offered at each grade level. For each course these standards are listed in the New BC Curriculum website as well as inbedded throughout our planner system (course templates). Learning standards are divided up 3 ways. Go here for more details:

 

Big Ideas - Overall Understanding - general course objectives

 

Course Competencies - What the student will be able do

 

Course Content - what the student will know

 

Learning standards can be met across the grades for Elementary learners (K-9). Bench-mark checks are in place for Grades 3, 6, & 9. This is a ministry strategy to help prevent learning gaps. High School courses are competency driven and may be stand-alone learning experiences or integrated learning across the subjects.

 

Course Completion Policy - One Year Boundary - High School students are expected to complete their courses within one year of start date.  After one year the course will be closed but more time (up to 6 months) may be granted if brought to the Principal for permission to continue.  We are tightening up on course completion boundaries as allowing 2 years for course completion has not helped motive our students towards responsible studies. Students who fail to complete their courses on time will be faced with final assessment or they may withdraw from their courses and restart from the beginning.

 

Withdrawing out of the CHeS Distributed Learning Program - If a student is withdrawing from the DL Program the first person aware emails all departments (records, accounts, the teacher, SE Coordinators, and Principal) about the withdrawal.

 

School Vaccinations - Christian Homelearners does not endorse any proposed or particular healthcare plans that may or may not conflict with any families personal healthcare choices,  philosophy or preferences for personal health care initiatives that may or may not be in the best interests of the family. Therefore, all parents/families will independently decide if, to what extent and how they choose to participate in any proposed, recommended or Government sponsored student health programs. Christian Homelearners endorses a biblical worldview; to encourage each family to independently interpret their personal position on a plethora of personal healthcare issues that could affect their families health in the light of God's Word.

 

Anaphylaxis Policy - For families at CHeS with life threatening allergies. Please see Policy here & Emergency Response Plan here

 

DL Parent Appeals Procedure - Parents should use this step-by-step process when working to solve problems at CHeS:

If a concern involves a teacher:

  • The first step for parents is to talk to the teacher about your concerns. Because school life is filled with human interactions, differences between teachers and some students will occur and it is important that parents hear both sides. Experience has shown that the majority of problems can be solved at this step.
  • If consultation with the teacher does not bring about a solution, then discuss your concerns with your school principal.
  • The next step, if you are still dissatisfied after discussions with the school principal, is to contact the Christian Homelearners eStreams office at 1-877-777-1547 and ask for our administrator.  If you remain dissatisfied you may take your complaint to the FISA Ombundsman.  Advocate for Independent Schools.

If a concern involves the principal:

  • Please take your concern directly to our school administrator and he will help problem solve to the best of his ability. This may involve inviting the principal to a discussion.

*Note: if the problem cannot be solved between direct parties, the person the issue involves will be removed from the appeal decision-making process.

 

Challenge and Equivalency Policy – There are a variety of options for earning credits towards Graduation.  The BC Ministry of Education outlines how students can earn high school credits through challenge and equivalency.  Go here. CHeS will seek to honor all options.  

  • Equivalency (Documented Prior Learning) - Awarding credit to students who have successfully completed an equivalent Grade 10, 11 or 12 course from an educational jurisdiction or institution outside the BC school system.
  • Challenge (Undocumented Demonstrated Prior Learning)- Awarding credit to students who can demonstrate prior learning.
  • External Credentials - students earn credit towards graduation through certain external credentials (Documents or credentials earned by a student on successful completion of an external course) approved by the Ministry. Ex. Bronze Cross, Royal Conservatory of Music, etc...
  • Credit from Post-Secondary Courses (Dual Credit)- Students earn credit towards graduation by earning credit for courses at specific Post Secondary Institutions. Students are entitled to earn "dual credit" if they earn credit that leads to a post-secondary credential from a post-secondary institution which is a member of the British Columbia Transfer System or offered in French through Educacentre.
  • Independent Directed Studies (IDS) - enables students to initiate their own area of learning and to receive credit towards graduation. Elective credit only. See further details in our IDS Policy.
    Note: All IDS courses must be approved by the Principal before activation.